Hawaii police arrest man in golfer Robert Allenby case

Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:43pm EST
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By Malia Mattoch McManus

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Honolulu police said they arrested a man on Wednesday on theft charges connected to Australian golfer Robert Allenby, who reported being abducted, robbed and dumped from a car last month.

The 32-year-old male suspect, who was not identified in the police statement, was charged with three felony counts of identity theft and attempted theft, and a felony charge of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.

Police said they identified numerous charges to Allenby's credit cards at stores around Oahu, and added that the suspect was arrested at the Oahu Community Correctional Center where he was being held on a contempt warrant for a separate incident.

Allenby, 43, has said that he went out for drinks after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu last month. He said he was separated from his caddy and a friend after they had paid their tab.

He told Reuters then that the next thing he recalled was waking up groggy in a park miles away from the bar to find he had been beaten and robbed of his wallet, cell phone, cash and credit cards.

Allenby, who was left with facial injuries, said a homeless woman he encountered in the park told him she had seen a few men drive up in a car and throw him out of the vehicle.

Police have previously said detectives were probing the case as a robbery and credit-card fraud investigation. Police made no mention in their statement on Wednesday of Allenby's kidnapping account.

Honolulu police could not be immediately reached to provide additional details.   Continued...

Jan 27, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Robert Allenby speaks with members of the media during his press conference during a practice round at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports